According the Edinburgh Evening News, a fellow passenger on the Thomson Airways flight says he saw a 48-year-old woman slap a young girl in a seat nearby, before unfastening her leg and swinging it at cabin crew.
The witness says she was “off her face on drink” during the alleged incident, first announcing she wanted smokes and something to help her jump off the plane. That’s when she allegedly grabbed for her prosthesis.
Crew were able to wrest it away from her, but the witness says then she started kicking with her good leg.
“It sounds funny, but it was not a laughing matter at the time. It was serious. She was totally drunk. It was pretty shocking.”
Flight attendants were able to restrain her and put her in handcuffs, while the pilot made an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport. She was escorted from the plane by cops, leaving the rest of her fellow travelers to sit on the runway for a bit while police took statements.
A police spokesperson confirmed there was an incident, saying: “The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew.”
A rep for Thomson Airways apologized, saying Thomson is sorry for any passengers who were upset or inconvenienced by the incident.
“We would like to reassure customers that their safety is our priority at all times,” the spokesperson said. “Thomson Airways operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behavior on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare.”
Drunk plane passenger attacks crew with fake leg [Edinburgh Evening News]